Everyone goes through tough times in their lives, but it's hard to deny that the last few years of Cassidy's life have been particularly crazy. In April 2005 he was involved in a fatal gunfight that left a former friend of his dead. Bullets used in the shooting had belonged to Cassidy, and as a result, he served eight months in a Philadelphia Correctional Facility for involuntary manslaughter before being released in March 2006. Then, his life was put in jeopardy in October 2006 when he was involved in a horrific car accident that left him with a scar by his left eye that goes all the way around to the back of his head. There's also a small dent in his head, and some of his hair hasn't grown back yet.
"I was in a coma for about seven or eight days," Cassidy told MTV about the accident. "And then they put me into a medicated coma, so that if I woke up I wouldn't be traumatized by what I went through. When I first woke up out of my coma, I had amnesia, so I couldn't really remember everything. I didn't have full amnesia; I could remember certain things. The only people I really knew were my mom, my son, people that's real close that you knew all your life. I knew their names but even certain experiences I couldn't remember at first. I couldn't remember none of my raps, even the songs I performed ó 'Hotel,' 'I'm a Hustla,' none of that. The doctor told me that I suffered brain damage, but it was temporary, it wasn't permanent. So the same way it takes time for your body to heal, he said it's gonna take your brain time to heal."
Once he was fully healed, Cassidy got to work on finishing his new album, B.A.R.S.: The Barry Adrian Reese Story, which hits stores this Tuesday. The first single is the fun, party song "My Drink N' My 2 Step," and the second single will be "Innocent Man," featuring a collaboration with Mark Morrison, who made the popular '90s jam "Return of the Mack."
" 'Innocent Man' is talking about the situation I went through when I was locked up for the murder and two attempts," explains Cass. "It talks about what I was going through and how I was feeling before it happened, after it happened, and how I feel now. I think it says a lot, and it tells you a lot about me. It's definitely going to be my second single because it brings my story to light. And this is what the album is based on ó the Barry Reese story. I wanted to tell my story, my real life story, not just about being an entertainer, but the story about [being] Barry Reese."